American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Training the Next Generation of Surgeons: Making it Stick, Making it Real, Making it Together

Monday, June 12, 2017
8:00 am–5:00 pm (PST)

University of Washington WWAMI Institute for Simulation in Healthcare (WISH)
Harborview Medical Center
Research and Training Building, Auditorium
325 Ninth Avenue, Seattle, WA


As surgical technologies advance, simulation science has become a fundamental building block for lifelong training and assessment—starting in residency, but not stopping there. While there is no shortage of data-driven, valid curricula in surgical education and training, it’s a challenge to keep up with quickly evolving techniques and effectively applying them more broadly. This forum will explore important considerations for implementing modern simulation training in surgery with a goal to formulate principles and standards that will maximize its value and, ultimately, improve surgeon performance.

Your Participation

We will bring together multiple stakeholders—medical educators, residency programs, hospital leadership, industry, policy leaders, insurers, surgeons, and others—to participate in this interactive forum featuring panel discussions and a workshop to discuss how we can effectively move the needle in surgical simulation and training. Please join us for this very important discussion.

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Current Meeting Agenda

7:30–8:00 am

Breakfast and Networking

(1st Floor Lobby)

8:00–8:30 am

Welcome and Overview

Carlos Pellegrini, MD, FACS, Chief Medical Officer, UW Medicine, Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Washington
Paul Ramsey, MD, CEO, UW Medicine; Dean and Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, UW School of Medicine
Robert Sweet, MD, FACS, Professor Urology, Executive Director, WISH/CREST, Medical Director, Kidney Stone Program, UW Medicine
David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, Executive Director, ACS
Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC Director, Division of Education, ACS

8:30–8:50 am

Framing the Issues

Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, Director, Division of Education, ACS

8:50–9:50 am

Making It Stick: Implementation and Sustainment of Competency-Based Training Curricula Panel

Moderator: Mika Sinanan, MD, PhD, Professor of Surgery; Founder, WISH, UW

Nahush Mokadam, MD, FACS, FACC
, Co-director, Heart Transplant Program, UW
Helen MacRae, MD, FRCSC, FACS, Division of General Surgery, Mount Sinai Hospital–Toronto
Col (ret) Mark W. Bowyer, MD, FACS, DMCC, Ben Eiseman Professor of Surgery, Director of Surgical Simulation and Chief of Trauma and Combat Surgery, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

9:50–10:20 am

Break/Tour of WISH

10:20–11:20 am

Making It Real: The Next Generation of Simulation Technology Presentation

Moderator: Robert Sweet, MD, FACS, Professor Urology, Executive Director, WISH/CREST, Medical Director, Kidney Stone Program, UW Medicine

David Hananel
, BSEE, BACS, Director, University of Washington Center for Research in Education and Simulation Technologies (CREST)
Jack Norfleet, Chief Engineer for the Medical Simulation and Performance, U.S. Army Research Laboratory Advanced Training and Simulation Division (ATSD)
Troy Reihsen, Director, Artificial Tissue Lab, University of Washington CREST
Rodney Metoyer, Research and Development Engineer, Applied Research Associates

11:20 am–12:05 pm

Keynote Address—Purposeful and Deliberate Practice: Implications for Effective Training, Improved Education, and Sustained Life-Long Learning

K. Anders Ericsson, PhD, Conradi Eminent Scholar and Professor of Psychology, Florida State University

12:05–1:05 pm

Networking Lunch

1:05–2:00 pm

Distributive Learning and Assessment Panel

Moderator: Suzanne Allen, MD, MPH, Vice Dean for Academic, Rural and Regional Affairs, University of Washington School of Medicine

Roger Tatum, MD, FACS
, Professor and Chief of Surgery, VA Puget Sound Health Care System; Director of Medical Student Surgical Education, University of Washington
Andrew Hung, MD, Center for Robotic Simulation & Education Director, Assistant Professor of Clinical Urology, Associate Residency  Program Director, USC Institute of Urology, Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
Thomas Lendvay, MD, FACS, Co-Director of the Seattle Robotic Surgery Program; Director, Pediatric Urology Fellowship, Seattle Children’s Hospital

2:00–2:30 pm

Break/Tour of WISH

2:30–4:30 pm

Making It Together: Team Performance and a New Horizon of Patient Safety Workshop

Directed by: Ross Ehrmantraut, RN, CCRN, Clinical Director of Team Performance, WWAMI Institute for Simulation in Healthcare (WISH)

Co-facilitated by:
Dr. Pellegrini
; Farrah Leland, JD, Associate Director of the WWAMI Institute for Simulation in Healthcare (WISH), Co-Chair of Administration & Management Committee for the American College of Surgeons Accredited Education Institutes
Megan Sherman, MAEdHD, Associate Director of the WWAMI Institute for Simulation in Healthcare (WISH)

4:30–5:00 pm

Closing Remarks

Event Details

Registration is free and breakfast and lunch will be provided for all forum attendees. Attendees are responsible for their own travel and lodging. Click here to find a list of hotels near Harborview Medical Center – please visit the hotel websites for availability and reservations.

Parking is available at the Harborview Medical Center Ninth and Jefferson Building Garage on Terry Avenue off of James Street. Link light rail and UW shuttle public transportation options are also available.

Hosted by

Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC
Director, Division of Education
American College of Surgeons

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS
Executive Director
American College of Surgeons

Robert Sweet, MD, FACS
Professor of Urology
Executive Director, UW WISH/CREST
Medical Director, Kidney Stone Program

Carlos A. Pellegrini, MD, FACS
Chief Medical Officer, UW Medicine
Vice President for Medical Affairs
University of Washington


If you have questions about this event or the initiative, please contact

(1st Floor Lobby)